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Old 11-01-2002, 09:27 PM
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found a mechanic - is this a fair $

Brought my '93 190e 2.3 to a highly recommended mechanic. My first visit was for an oil/filter change and to have him inspect the car. He spent over an hour and a half going over the car, showing and explaining everything- pulled wheels, topped fluids, etc. Charged me only $27.22 for oil change and made the following recommendations:
Ignition Wires
Fuel Filter
Flush coolant
Flush brakes
Flush tranny/filter
Rotors and pads for rear only (front are fine)

He quoted $1,050 for the above and said that the immediate items to take care of should be brakes and fluids.

I will do the tune-up myself and i have already ordered parts.
But for the list above, does this seem like a fair price?
1993 190e 2.3
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62k original
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Old 11-01-2002, 10:12 PM
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That price sounds to me to be pretty fair for all of the above work. If you're the adventurous type, you can tackle the rear brakes on your own and save yourself some money on the labor and parts. I'd let him go ahead and do the fluids just because it will be easier for him since he has a lift and probably a pressure bleeder for the brakes. The ignition work you can do yourself quite easily.
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Old 11-02-2002, 12:20 AM
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I say if you can do the ignition work you can do the rest. But let the mechanic flush the radiator and the rear diff. The rotors are $50 each and the pads @20 total. You and a knowledgeable buddy can do all the brake work in an hour and a half.
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Old 11-02-2002, 12:34 AM
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Those are all pretty easy DIY jobs. The rear brakes were a breeze on my old 190e. Search this forum and it shouldn't be a problem. Good luck to you.
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Old 11-02-2002, 12:42 AM
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As you know, MB's are not cheap to own!

However, they are not hard to work on. Regular maintenance items are easy to do and parts are not too expensive through internet vendors like Fastlane.
You will find, MB shops/dealerships will charge from around $50 to over $100 per hour. If you DIY guess who is making that money? Sometimes you have NO choice.
Regular maintenance can be done by DIY'ers on a MB just like any other car but, KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS!
If you going to keep your car for a while, I suggest you buy the MB CD manuals.
Good luck!
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Old 11-02-2002, 02:29 PM
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The more I learn - the more I can do...

Thank you all for your responses-
I plan on learning as much as possible about my car. As I acquire manuals and cd's, I will feel much more comfortable about tackling what I feel are more complex maintenance and mechanical issues. I am currently setting up an old HP in the garage for cd's.
I want to have a mechanic that I can trust and feel will be fair $ wise for problems that I will not have the ability to do myself. That was my main reason for the post.
I plan on owning this car for a very long time and I will get a lot of satisfaction doing much of the work myself.
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Old 11-02-2002, 06:23 PM
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add up all the prices for parts......

and see how much you would save on labour by doing it yourself.i know your new to mb's and maybe you could do all of this and be enviromentally resposible as well but there will come a time that you'll need him(this is a great forum but it can't solve everything) and if your not saving alot in labour(your definition of alot) then this first visit could go a long way in cultivating a rewarding relationship and you know it'll be done properly.if you do let him do it,try to watch as much as you can.this is ,of course, IMHO--i've always wanted to use that!
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